This Is Mi Casa

A blog about food, crafts and family

This Is Mi Casa - A blog about food, crafts and family

Rose Birthday Cake

This past weekend my mother celebrated a milestone birthday. I was in charge of the cake making and so as always I hit the internet searching for ideas.

I wanted something simple and elegant.   Then I remembered the rose cake I made a few summers ago and it was decided.

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It is really a very simple cake to make. I made a plain yellow cake and filled it with vanilla pudding (my kid’s request).

After my daughter crumb coated the entire cake, I started on the roses. I used a 1M tip and covered it quickly. It literally took me less than 10 minutes to cover the entire cake.

It is one of the easiest cakes to make,  It doesn’t take too long and looks fantastic. I got many compliments on it because it looks like it would take forever but really, it’s quite easy.

The idea came from one of my favorite baking blogs — I am baker. You can find a link to her rose cake tutorial here.

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Happy baking!

Ikea

A quick look around my house and anyone can see that I am an IKEA fan. There are Ribba frames on my walls, Expidit book cases in my basement and bedrooms, Lack shelves in my kitchen, IKEA baskets in every room, rugs covering most of my floors and many products from their Hemnes line found dispersed throughout.

I was reading a Buzz feed article entitled

37 Clever Ways To Organize Your Entire Life With IKEA

I came across some extremely clever solutions. Take a look at these ideas
here

Who wants to join me on a trip to Ikea? See you there!

Kale Chips

I love kale. There, I said it. I know its the in thing to eat but I truly love kale. On a recent trip to Farm Boy, my good friend Tanya and I found kale. 4 bunches for $5. Both of us thought it was a great deal because usually we find it 2 for $5. Then we picked one bunch up….

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Each one was that size. Beautiful kale and from Canada too. We ended up only buying 2 so this past week we’ve been eating kale galore, even our pet rabbit has been enjoying it too.

We’ve had it in soup, I made kale pesto and mixed it with pasta, in a frittata replacing the spinach and even in smoothies. However our most favorite way to use it up us by making kale chips.  It makes a great after school snack and the beat part is that I control what goes on them.

I add some oil, salt and garlic powder

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and bake them. So easy and healthy!

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Here’s how:

Kale chips
4 -5 cups kale, washed and torn from stems into pieces.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 275.

Toss in a large bowl all the ingredients. With your hands, ensure that all leaves are well coated with oil.

Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. It helps dry out the leaves better. Spray the rack with non stick spray. Place the leaves on the rack careful not to overcrowd.

Cook 13-15 mins or until leaves are crispy. Let cool and transfer to plate.

Continue until all leaves are cooked.

Buen provecho!

Slow cooker Applesauce

One of my favorite things to make in the fall is applesauce. The only problem is having to peel, core, and slice all those apples.

A few years back I discovered an apple wedger and my applesauce making days changed forever.

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It is much faster this way. I first bought mine at IKEA but my current one is from  Pampered Chef.

Using the wedger makes this an easy recipe for kids to make. I always enjoy finding things for my kids to do to help in the kitchen.

I like keeping my applesauce as pure as possible. I don’t add any sugar and I also like keep the peels on for added nutrition and then I put everything in the slow cooker so I can forget about it.

It’s so easy and the house smells amazing.

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Here’s my recipe:

Slow cooker Applesauce

10 lbs apples (about a 15-20 apples)
1/2 cup water

Using an apple wedger slice your apples. Id you don’t have a wedger don’t worry, just core them and slice them.

Place them in your slow cooker, pour the water over them and cook on low for 6 hours.

Once apples are very soft, use your immersion blender and puree.

Buen Provecho!

Leeks

As our family, and by family I mean Me, becomes more adventurous in the foods we are eating, there is always something special about foods that we have been eating for years.

One if my favorites is Leek and Potato Soup, sometimes known as Vichyssoise.

Leeks belong to the onion and garlic family. I love having then in my fridge because they taste great in soups and quiche. I usually cut back a little of the onion I add and replace it with some chopped leeks. I find that leeks bring a different depth to the meal; a more earthy tasty.

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My mother makes a wonderful Potato Leek Soup. On a cold and rainy afternoon, I love the smell of the leeks cooking on my stove. Then, for dinner, the soup is amazing to warm you up.

Here’s the recipe.

Potato Leek Soup

2 tbsp butter
6 leeks, white part only*
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 med potatoes
6 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup light cream**
Chives

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and onion and cook until soft, stirring often.

Add the potatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 mins.

Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Return to pot and slowly, over low heat, stir in cream.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with chives.

*note: if the white part of the leek is very long, then I only add 3 leeks. I add 6 if the white part is very short.
** I sometimes substitute 2% milk for the cream

Do you have a favorite leek recipe? Let me know.

Buen provecho!